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Cumulus is ready to certify you on HIPAA HITECH (Also known as HIPAA 2.0). You needed to be compliant by September 23, 2013. So did your vendors. Let us help you avoid the fine! What Exactly is HIPAA? HIPAA, short for the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, is a set of regulations first introduced in 1996 that regulate how electronic health records are handled by medical providers and medical billing companies. The new HIPAA HITECH introduces new regulations and clarifies some of the previous areas where exact implementation was hard to understand. One new area that HIPAA HITECH covers is that the vendors (entities that maintain, store or handle protected electronic health information) can also be fined along with their covered entities if they fail to meet HIPAA requirements.  In plain words - the computer guy that certified the doctor as being HIPAA certified can also get in trouble if the requirements are not met. How bad are the fines? Violations of HIPAA can incur very steep fines as well as, in some cases, criminal charges. The average fine can be around $25,000 - $50,000 per incident per provider. So if there is a medical provider with 3 doctors and protected electronic information is not handled correctly, a fine of $150,000 may be assessed.  This is the kind of fine that any small or medium sized business cannot afford to ignore let alone the original reasons why such regulations were made to protect confidentiality. Are there solutions? Cumulus specializes in HIPAA compliant medical software. We are a provider of HIPAA compliant cloud services for hosting of servers, databases and other information systems of protected data. In addition we offer on-site and server analysis to

Privacy Concerns and Smartphones

The following information is from and contains a lot of good information regarding protection of personal information on smart phones. 1. Introduction A smartphone is a small handheld electronic device that has features of both a mobile phone and a computer. Smartphones allow us to communicate via talk, text and video; access personal and work e-mail; access the Internet; make purchases; manage bank accounts; take pictures and do many other activities.  They are becoming capable of doing more and more every day. Clunky, expensive versions of smartphones have been around since as early as 1992, but it wasn’t until Apple released the iPhone in 2007 that smartphones reached the mass market. According to a June 2013 Pew Internet Report, 56% of American adults have a smartphone. In fact, smartphone users now outnumber traditional mobile phone users. While they provide us with seemingly unlimited amounts of useful tools, most of us don’t consider the massive amount of personal data that we carry around in our smartphones. Unlike many of our computers, our smartphones are always with us and many of us rarely turn them off.  Despite the amount we use them and the dependence we place on our smartphones, a 2012 study found that 62% of smartphone users do not password protect their phone and that smartphone users are 33% more likely to become a victim of identity theft than non-users. In this Fact Sheet, we explain the privacy implications of smartphones and offer practical tips to protect your privacy. 2. What is your smartphone capable of revealing about you? It’s safe to assume that anything you do on your smartphone and any information you store is at risk of being snooped on if you

A Funny Thing happened on the way to the Balloon Races…

Some of the Cumulus Technology Team thought it would fun to take up Jon Myers of Pacific States Communications offer of a place to hang out during the Reno Balloon Races.  We all had been spending a bit too much time on programming projects and needed a bit of fresh air, fun, and something visually inspiring.  So we car pooled up to the Rancho San Rafael Park where the event was held and planned to park at one’s of the team’s parents’ home.  When we arrived about 6:30 am, we were surprised by the sight of a hot air balloon sitting in the field next to the family home. The ground crew had not arrived yet and they had made an unexpected landing, which for us was a fun surprise.  One does not always get the opportunity to see the balloons this close or even talk with the crews.  This balloon crew went by the name of Rubik and had come to the conclusion it was safer to pack up the balloon and go back to the starting point since the field in which they landed in was very close to some power lines and a busy road.  So we watched them during the dawning light of the morning disassemble their lovely rainbow colored balloon and part of our team offered to help them along with one of the neighborhood children.  It was an amazing process that took them less than 7 minutes to complete.  As they finished up their packing process and got all their team members loaded into the truck, we wondered if they really would be able to re-launch again.  And just to prove how small this world is, one of their

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